Our Daily Bread: Revelation 12 Study: Days of Deception Part 2
Satan deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden that led to the fall of mankind. This resulted in mankind's spiritual death meaning a spiritual separation from the Lord of the Most High. The curse was on and so it had to be the Son of Man who was hidden in time for a very specific mission. His mission was to not only break the curse, but to set right the bounds of our spiritual awakening giving us eternal life through Christ our God. Only through Him we are made whole, meaning we are an inverted cross that needs to be flipped. Christ is up and Satan is down and it is not difficult to understand what I’m saying here just open your eyes to the truth. This is why Satan has hated Christ and the Virgin Mary, Yeshua (Jesus) was murdered for a specific reason and that was to keep people from being flipped.
The days of deception are upon us and it seems the Lord is pouring His spirit out on all who will heed His calling. I pray someone finds faith, hope and even love out of what I write as well as what I study from the Word of YHWH. Daily many live too close to the pit and they are playing literally with fire, and I don't want anybody to suffer eternal darkness. The days are growing darker it seems and that’s when we need to let His light shine for all to see, darkness is ahead but remember the darkness will never overcome the light!!!
-JPCE Spiritual Talk
The Woman, Her Child, and the Dragon; The Child
Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. 2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. 5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. 6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
12:1: Revelation 12 is starting out in the center of this revelation dealing with the conflict between the Church and the powers of evil...The great sign in heaven, the woman, is either the Theotokos or true Israel, the Church (Isaiah 7:14)...Orthodoxy sees the Theotokos as the perfect symbol for Israel and the Church...She is the antithesis of the harlot of Revelation 17, for she is a radiant bride (Song of Songs 6:4, 10) adorned with splendor...The twelve stars indicate the twelve tribes (and possibly the twelve apostles) and the moon under her feet symbolizes her preeminent role over creation...Her birth giving (“a male child”, v. 5) is that of the Messiah, and she bears other offspring as well (Rev 12:17), a likely reference to the Church...
12:3-4: The dragon which is Satan (Rev 12:9)...A third of the stars of heaven (v. 4) is usually interpreted to mean that Satan drew a third of the angels with him when he fell...his intention is to destroy the Messiah. The Book of Enoch makes reference to Satan taking a third of the angels with him when they were casted out of heaven…
12:5: True Israel brings forth Christ, who, after completion of His saving work, ascends to heaven (Psalm 2:7-9; 46:6)...
Psalm 2:7-9: http://bib.ly/Ps2.7-9.NKJV
Psalm 46:6: http://bib.ly/Ps46.6.NKJV
12:6: The flight of the woman may refer to the flight of the Jerusalem Church (embodying true Israel) to Pella before the outbreak of the Roman war...It illustrates there is no place for the Church in this age...The 1260 days, or three and half years, is the classic period of apocalyptic woe (Revelation 11:2): as bad as it is, it is temporary, not the end of things…
Revelation 11:2: But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.
The War in Heaven, and Satan Thrown Out of Heaven
7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they [a]did not prevail, nor was a place found for [b]them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”
12:7-12: This passage begins an interlude describing Satan’s role in stimulating persecution of the Church...The war with Michael and the good angels is usually interpreted to picture an event before the creation of the world, and it could very well be this case...However, the context places it just before the end of the world, It seems St. John is having a revelation of how all this started in the beginning...Satan has been accusing the brethren (v. 10), the Christians, and his downfall (Luke 10:18) presages the consummation of the Kingdom (v. 10)...Satan is overcome by Christ’s self-sacrifice and that of the martyrs (v. 11)...Those who did not love their lives to the death...The short time (v. 12) Satan has is the period of tribulation just prior to the end…
Luke 10:18: http://bib.ly/Lk10.18.NKJV
War on Earth
13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. 14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 15 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus [a]Christ.
12:13-16: Satan hates Christ and His mother...The Virgin Mary was saved by the inspiration of an angel who told Joseph to run into Egypt...Likewise, Satan hates Christ and the Church (John 15:21) and attacks the one through the other, since they are identified...One of his activities is to persecute true Israel...The wings of a great eagle (v. 14) refers to the original Exodus (Exodus 19:4; see Deuteronomy 32:11), as the flood (vv. 15,16) may also be the threat of drowning in the Red Sea...However, Satan is unable to prevail...The Jewish Church safely completes its exodus and is preserved during its apocalyptic period...And the Church in general will be preserved: the gates of hell cannot prevail against her (Matthew 16:18)...For Yeshua’ (Jesus’) warnings this flight, see (Matthew 24:15-21)...
John 15:21: But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.
Deuteronomy 32:11: As an eagle stirs up its nest,
Hovers over its young,
Spreading out its wings, taking them up,
Carrying them on its wings,
Matthew 16:18: And I also say to you that you are PETER, and on this ROCK I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not [a]prevail against it.
Matthew 24:15-21: 15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
12:17: Satan then turns his attention to the rest of Israel's offspring, obviously the Gentile Church, which was inherited from her the commandments of God and faith in Christ...